The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Localisation Research Center (LRC), and the Center for the Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) are set to hold the third Action for Global Information Sharing (AGIS) conference in Addis Ababa from December 1 to 2.
The meeting will bring together business people, technology experts, linguists and policy and decision makers in language and technology fields from around the world to discuss and develop innovative solutions that allow the world in general and Africa in particular to listen to its diverse voices in their own language.
The meeting, whose theme will be “Promoting Equality through Language and Cultural Diversity,” will address various issues including language and technology policy, language and business opportunities in Africa, human language technologies and language service delivery for development.
The AGIS ’11 will connect Africa’s language industry and policy- and decision-makers with the mainstream localization and translation industry and researchers.
AGIS is an annual global event to promote access to information and knowledge for all and is in recognition of the fact that access to information and knowledge in any language is not just a fundamental human right but a pre-requisite for development, inclusion and economic growth.
the meeting is a follow-up to the AGIS ’09 (http://www.agis09.org/) held in Limerick, Ireland and AGIS ’10 (http://www.agis10.org/) in New Delhi, India. AGIS ’11 was launched in New Delhi, India on 07 December 2010 while AGIS (AGIS ’11) will be hosted by UNECA’s ICT and Science & Technology Division at the United Nations Conference Centre.
Dr Aida Opoku-Mensah, director of UNEC’s ISTD division and Reinhard Schäler launched the AGIS ’11 in Addis Ababa during UNECA’s second Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST II) held in May 2011 which was attended by all African stakeholders.
AGIS’11 calls on interested contributors to submit proposals on or before 30 September 2011 through the proposal submission form available at www.agis11.org/registration/propose/.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the submission of short abstracts (maximum 300 words)
and selected speakers will be notified by 15 October 2011. Online registration for participation at AGIS ’11 (www.agis11.org/registration) is also open until 18 November 2011.